By Hemant Mehta
The first results from the 2018 New Zealand Census have just been released and there’s a bombshell when it comes to God: Nearly half the population has no religious affiliation whatsoever.
Based on the raw data made available to the public, there are 2,264,601 people who checked a box marked “No religion.” That’s in a nation of 4,699,755 people. Doing that simple math, more than 48% of New Zealand has no religion. The last time the census was taken, in 2013, that number was just under 42%. In 2001, it was under 30%.
Christianity, as a whole, is headed in the other direction. As a percentage of the population, it’s gone from 54% in 2006, to 48% in 2013, to 37% today.
In addition to that, there are 7,068 atheists, 6,516 agnostics, 663 Humanists, and 4,248 people who said they belong to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Pastafarianism is officially larger than Lutheranism (3,585) in the nation.
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